The Throwback Trend You’re Definitely Going to See Everywhere in 2024
If you’ve been noticing that people are personalizing everyday, utilitarian items to make them feel unique, you’re not alone — it seems like just about anything you can buy these days has the option to be bespoke. I personally hopped on the boat tote craze a few months ago, a twist on customizing the beloved L.L. Bean bags with ironic monogramming like “Old Celine” or “ForThePlot.” Not only are these go-with-you-everywhere bags sturdy, but the also have had a resurgence of being cool — especially when emblazoned with a cheeky phrase.
But it’s not just bags that people are customizing — everything from matchbooks to keychains to pet bowls seem to have an option to upgrade with a personal twist. Katie Kime, owner of the eponymous home goods and fashion brand, says to think outside the box when you’re trying to modernize the monogram.
“My advice for taking on this customization trend with a fresh perspective? Instead of the classic three-letter interlocked monogram, try a simple block font, or get creative with the message you want to inscribe — maybe a nickname or a favorite phrase,” she suggests.
If you’re wondering why this trend is having such a resurgence, there are two reasons. First, people are embracing little luxuries and love having something unique to them — even if it’s just a simple, everyday item like a pen. The second is simpler, says Kime. “The beauty of customization is that the options are endless!” Below, see some of my favorite ways to personalize just about anything.
Of course, names don’t have to be the only way to personalize items — personalized gifts or accessories can take on a variety of forms. Whatever you pick, it’s sure to stand out, so go ahead and be as unique as you want!